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Franklin Park

Features You'll Find:
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  • SPORTS
    • Baseball / Softball
    • Basketball
    • Football / Rugby
    • Tennis
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Community Garden
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Picnic / Reservable
  • PLAYGROUNDS
    • Playground (2-5 yrs)
    • Playground (5-12 yrs)
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Hard
    • Trail / Soft
  • SWIMMING
    • Spraygrounds
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Sprayground Hours
Restroom Schedule

1201 S. Puget Sound Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405

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Adjacent to Franklin Elementary, this newly renovated 20 acre park has a sprayground, trails and walkways, plaza space and picnic shelter.

PICNIC SHELTER RENTALS 
A picnic shelter is available to reserve between April 1 and September 30. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance.
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SPRAYGROUND
Franklin Park's new sprayground opened May 1, 2013. Come splash, play and cool off! Sprayground hours are listed above.


PLAY AREA ACCESSIBILITY INFO


PARK IMPROVEMENTS
2009-2013 - Master Concept Plan was created to guide future development of the park to meet the needs of the Central Neighborhood community. New playground equipment, sidewalks and curbs installed, community garden improvements, trails and walkways, plaza space and picnic shelter. Work was funded by the Parks Improvement Bond Measure, approved by the citizens of Tacoma in November of 2005 and $500,000 contributed by RCO (Recreation and Conservation Office) through the WWRP - Local Parks (Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program). 

Franklin Park dedication shelterHISTORY
Franklin Park covers an area of more than 20 acres extending from Lawrence Street to Puget Sound and from South 12th to South 16th. The majority of the land was a gift to the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma from the West End Playground Association in 1937 for a "perpetual public park and playground". The new park was named Franklin Park due to its proximity to Franklin Elementary School. Read more about the history of Franklin Park.